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Latin American classical music is rich, diverse and multifaceted. And yet, Francisco Curt Lange’s observation is as true now as it was over 80 years ago.

Because of this, the objective of the Cayambis Institute (CILASiM) is to increase the awareness and appreciation of Latin American classical music by encouraging its creation, performance and study, and in so doing, develop bonds of goodwill and unity among the peoples of the Americas. In pursuit of this mission, the Institute will provide impactful opportunities to composers, performers and scholars. Over time, these will include subventions for performers and scholars and a scholarship program so that talented Latin American composers will be able to enroll in a graduate program here in the United States. At the present time, however, we are working on three projects. The first is a composition competition that will feature cash prizes, a gala concert and a possible publishing contract with Cayambis Music Press. The second project has to do with how public schools in southwest Virginia, southern West Virginia and north central North Carolina can host a didactic presentation of our own performance group, the Cayambis Sinfonietta. And the third is designed to support college and university music faculty in the United States and Canada by providing a subvention for performing Latin American classical music at a national or international conference. Future projects will include subventions to partially subsidize recording projects in Latin America by performers who desire to record the classical music of their home country.

For more information about our current opportunities click on the images below.

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In the future we will be adding more projects, such as ways to support those proposals related not only to performance, but also in the areas of composition and musicology. In the meantime, we invite you to bookmark this page, because this will be where you’ll find the latest information about our activities.

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